Gender and love are so intimately interconnected that it sometimes seems as though they bring each other into being. But their relationship is shifting as human society develops new understandings of identity, gender and the self. The chapters in this volume explore the convoluted and ever-changing nature of love, gender and identity from a variety of disciplines and perspectives, bearing testimony to the perennial appeal of this field of inquiry. There are chapters on the historical constructions of love and gender; the philosophical aspects; the faultlines in twenty-first-century heteronormativity; and the challenges of love from and within the margins. Gender and love are interdisciplinary and this volume will appeal to scholars from all disciplinary protocols.
Deirdre C. Byrne, D.Litt et Phil (1996), University of South Africa, is professor of Gender Studies and English at that university. She has published academic articles on gender in/and poetry, gender in speculative fiction, and the writing of Ursula K. Le Guin.
Wernmei Yong Ade, Ph.D. (2006), Edinburgh University is Assistant Professor in English at Nanyang Technological University (Singapore). Her current research focuses on love as a discourse of alterity in the works of contemporary women writers.
Interdisciplinary scholars and students of love and gender in relation to philosophy, history, religion, art, literature, popular culture, sociology and psychology.